Year: 2004 Source: Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Press, Inc., 2004. p.39-58 SIEC No: 20050877

In this chapter, the author reviews the role of brief hospitalization & alternative programs such as acute residential care & day hospitals in treating suicidal patients. She highlights the value of emergency rooms & crisis services as consultants to patients, families, & therapists who are fearful of a lethal outcome. She also underscores the importance for the ambulatory therapist of knowing whom to contact for crisis assessments & evaluations for hospital levels of care. (13 refs)